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Wednesday, November 7 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
(45 min) Harnessing Diversity and Inclusion to Drive Innovation in Canadian Science and Technology / Mobiliser la diversité et l'inclusion pour susciter l'innovation en matière de sciences et de technologies au Canada

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Organized by: Ryerson University, Wendy Cukier

In recent years, Canadian employers, economists and industry analysts have lamented a shortage of qualified personnel to drive science and technology innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic growth (CME/CSTEC, 2017; ICTC, 2017). Leading organizations in Canada’s professional, scientific and technical services (PST) sector still struggle to create equitable and inclusive environments for members of diverse groups (Coe & Hariri, 2017). Despite extensive policy and organizational changes, limited progress has been made in addressing barriers to diverse groups in Canada’s PST sector (Coe & Hariri, 2017). Many racialized minorities face unconscious bias and limited career opportunities within small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) (Access Alliance, 2011). The “chilly climate” and pay differentials persist for women in STEM (Caranci et al., 2017; Cukier, 2007; ICTC, 2017). Indigenous youth, one of Canada’s fastest growing segments (Statistics Canada, 2011), comprise merely 1.2% of ICT workers (ICTC, 2017). Immigrant and female technology entrepreneurs continue to confront gender- related industry barriers (Orser, 2009; Orser et al., 2012; Orser & Riding, 2016; Cukier, 2017). Even though entrepreneurship is a desirable pathway to economic integration for members of diverse groups, particularly immigrants, recent reviews of Ontario’s incubator and innovation ecosystem suggest that the governance, processes, and resources do not support those from diverse groups (Canada-US Council for Advancement of Women, 2018). In this complex ecosystem, there is an acute need to leverage diversity to drive change.

This panel will concurrently examine the ways in which diversity produces the innovations that galvanize economic growth and the role of leading-edge tools, applications and approaches in fostering innovation for inclusion in Canada’s science and technical sector. Informed by an awareness of the skills gap and applying an ecological approach to diversity, this panel of leading technology and entrepreneurship scholars and industry experts will generate a practical alignment and reciprocal engagement between inclusion and innovation. They will identify and assess the potential of technology-enabled applications and tools that promote inclusion and examine how diversity can generating access to top talent and creative imaginations, expanding reach, and improving firm performance through inclusion and engagement. The panel will consider ways to replicate and share innovative tools and build capacity for evidence-based approaches to diversity policy. Finally, it will unpack how policies, practices and tools can advance inclusion by matching diverse job seekers to employers. Overall, this panel will emphasize how employers and policy makers can harness innovation and inclusion to create productive science and technology industries.

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Wendy Cukier

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy and Founder of the Diversity Institute in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University
Dr. Wendy Cukier, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy and Founder of the Diversity Institute in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University (ON), is a multidisciplinary researcher, teacher and leader, committed to advancing innovation and social justice. She is... Read More →


Charlie Carter

Policy Lead, Public Policy Forum
Charlie Carter brings over ten years of experience as a knowledge mobilization practitioner, stakeholder engagement leader and program manager to his work as a Policy Lead.Charlie’s work is anchored by a desire to tackle complex policy problems by championing the use of real-world... Read More →
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Mohamed Elmi

PhD Candidate, University of Cape Town
Mohamed Elmi is a PhD Candidate (ABD) in Information Systems at University of Cape Town and a Project Coordinator with the Ted Rogers School of Management's Institute for Innovation and Technology Management at Ryerson University. Mohamed’s doctoral research focuses on how Information... Read More →
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Jaigris Hodson

Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University
Dr. Jaigris Hodson is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University in BC. Her research specializes in understanding how people interact with digital technologies, such as social media, and the content that is produced and shared using those technologies... Read More →
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Doaa Mansour

Advancing Women in STEM at Youth Employment Services Montreal
Doaa Mansour leads Advancing Women in STEM at Youth Employment Services (YES) Montreal, which is the third installment of a programming series that aims to increase women’s retention and access to leadership opportunities within the STEM industry. The program is funded by Status... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm EST
Delta Ottawa - Capitale